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ESTC to Go Online Free in the Fall
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0466  Sunday, 21 May 2006

From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Friday, 19 May 2006 13:52:24 -0700
Subject: 	ESTC to Go Online Free in the Fall

[x-posted to SHAKSPER, Ficino, Book People]

According to a conference announcement forwarded to the SHARP-L list 
(https://listserv.indiana.edu/cgi-bin/wa-iub.exe?A2=ind0605&L=sharp-l&T=0&P=5989), 
the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) will be available free online 
at the British Library website this fall.  This resource should be 
particularly useful for independent scholars and academics at 
less-prosperous institutions

A union catalogue of some 400,000 books printed in English and other 
languages 1475-1700, held by 1,500 libraries, ESTC has been available by 
online subscription (from RLG--Research Libraries Group) and on very 
expensive CD-ROM (from ProQuest).

The BL's ESTC page--which does not have this news yet--is at 
http://www.bl.uk/collections/early/holdingenglish.html  UC-MELVYL has a 
good info page on how ESTC searches can be conducted: 
http://cbsr26.ucr.edu/melstc.html

The ESTC is more or less the catalogue/guide/project list for Early 
English Books Online (EEBO).  While there's no indication this will be 
free anytime soon, we can always hope.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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